Al Gore Discovers New Strand Of Chill-Out Music

bass.jpgAl Gore wants next month’s Live Earth concerts to take place around the word, but he’s had some trouble getting bands to play in Antarctica: Not only will the shows occur in the middle of winter, but Emperor Penguins make for really ill-tempered groupies. Luckily, the British Antarctic Survey had a solution:

BAS officials told Gore that a band was already in place on the South Pole. BAS press representative Linda Capper told blogger Tim Slagle, “We have a house band — five of our science team. They are very good indie rock-folk fusion. The remaining 17 will be the audience on location.”

They’ve never played in front of an audience. To make matters worse, the band, named after a Greenlandic word for “summit,” will be playing outside on the ice, where temperatures could be as low as minus ten degrees Celsius. One of their colleagues will film the performance for broadcast on TV and the Internet.

The band, named Nunatak, doesn’t seem to have a MySpace page, so we don’t know what to expect, though those of you rushing to make an “Eskimo’ Money, Eskimo’ Problems” joke better double-check your geography.

Antarctica Cements Act for Gore’s Live Earth [Yeas & Nays]

  • Ned Raggett

    but Emperor Penguins make for really ill-tempered groupies

    But I thought they danced and sang and all that. Y DO MOVIES LIE?

  • MapRef41n93w

    Are they a Gwar tribute band?

  • DavidWatts

    I actually saw these guys on a BBC doc filmed down there, so we already know the press loves them. They weren’t horrible, just basically a bunch of lonely super-geeks trying to keep from murdering each other in a fit of artic madness while basically locked inside for 3/4 of the year.

  • Diglett

    I’m completely serious and pun-intentless when I say this, but that might be the coolest thing I’ve heard all week. I think I will stay at home and watch these guys instead of going to East Rutherford.

  • NickEddy

    Wouldn’t douchebags freeze, though?

  • parrotrunner

    So the difference between them and us is a matter of climate.

  • RepentTokyo

    Greenlandic, I like that word.

  • Al Shipley

    I thought that the Pitchfork article about the Antarctic music scene was pretty interesting*:


    *I realize that totally sounds like the setup for a joke, but it’s not.

  • Miketronic

    Their pose, headgear and general wtf-iness say one thing: We Are Devo!

  • MapRef41n93w

    Gore couldn’t get Gwar to sign on for the show?

  • KimPossible

    Once again, I feel compelled to point out the absolute ridiculousness of these retarded concerts. Flying bands around the world, having tens of thousands of people drive, everyone drinking from paper cups and wiping their gaping maws with paper napkins – THIS is supposed to stop global warming?

    But maybe I’ve missed the point, as these concerts aren’t supposed to stop global warming; they’re being held to raise awareness about global warming. Because, you know, we never hear about this issue…